Contreras allowed two earned runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning, but appeared to misstep on a pitch and was taken out. Manager Mike Matheny didn't give an update on the pitcher's status after the game.
Boesch was sent down so that the team could add a pitcher. With Garrett Richards expected to miss time, the club could promote a replacement. Boesch hit .129 over 31 at-bats.
The Cardinals entered the ninth inning up 7-0, but Rosenthal was called up with runners at second and third base and three runs already home. He retired the first batter he faced, issued a walk to load the bases and finished off the game with a ground ball to the shortstop. Rosenthal owns a 3.57 ERA and 74:35 K:BB ratio in 58 innings.
Perez missed Wednesday's game due to the issue. He complained of knee tightness Monday, but was able to play through the injury Tuesday. Despite the MRI, manager Ned Yost remains adamant that the injury is not serious.
Jose Veras picked up the save with Qualls sidelined. Manager Bo Porter said he expects Qualls to be available out of the bullpen Thursday.
Valbuena led off the second inning with a triple in his first at-bat, but the Cubs recorded back-to-back outs without pushing him across the plate before a two-run home run put the team on the board. Valbuena then delivered a home run of his own in the eighth inning. The third baseman owns a .242/.324/.423 line with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in 359 at-bats.
DeJesus served as the designated hitter for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. He struck out once during the game. DeJesus has been out since June 18 with a hand injury.
It was the first home run of the season for Valaika, who was shifted into the lineup once Starlin Castro was scratched to attend to a family emergency. Valaika owns a .182/.222/.273 line in 33 at-bats.
Lynn (14-8) was only at 94 pitches after seven innings, but a weather delay cost him the chance to go deeper into the game. He's surrendered more than two earned runs just once in his last nine starts going back to the beginning of July, and in that off game he only gave up three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. Lynn owns a 2.78 ERA and 144:57 K:BB ratio in 158 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Pirates Tuesday.
Cueto (15-7) had won each of his last five starts before the streak came to a halt Wednesday, when he allowed a three-run double with the bases loaded in the fifth inning and left the bases loaded again the top of the sixth at the time of his removal. It was his worst start since giving up six earned runs on May 20. Cueto owns a 2.24 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 191:53 K:BB ratio in 192 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cubs Tuesday.